Cultivate Cinema Circle ‘plants cinematic seeds’

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A bit more on Cultivate Cinema Circle and the screening that took place on June 4; here is my Buffalo.com “Screenings” post.

 

Even years later, the reverberations from the landmark Supreme Court case overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage — Proposition 8 — continues to be felt. And the acclaimed 2014 documentary examining the issue, “The Case Against 8,” still packs a timely punch.

The involving film from directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White earned awards at the Sundance and SXSW festivals. Now, Buffalonians have an opportunity to catch it on the big screen, as “Case” will play the North Park Theatre at 9:30 p.m. June 4 as part of Buffalo Pride Week.

The screening is the debut presentation from a new local film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle. CCC director Jordan Smith hopes the series “plants cinematic seeds and nurtures them with community engagement and conversation that I hope will complement the wonderful programs already on offer in the city of Buffalo.”

As Smith puts it, “There is a hungry film community in Buffalo, and we hope to foster that relationship by screening films that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to be shown here.”

Case in point is “The Case Against 8,” which, despite its acclaim, never hit Buffalo. “We feel it’s perfect for our inaugural screening,” Smith said.

For more information on the screening and on Cultivate Cinema Circle, visit cultivatecinemacircle.com.

Don’t miss ‘The Case Against 8’ at the North Park

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I covered it for Buffalo.com (it will run next week), but I wanted to post an advance reminder that the new Cultivate Cinema Circle film series presents its debut screening at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the North Park. The documentary “The Case Against 8” kicks things off, and this exploration of the landmark Proposition 8 ruling is a fine choice.

Screening number two is also scheduled: Aleksei German’s acclaimed “Hard to be a God.” This free screening will be held on at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Mason O. Damon Auditorium at Buffalo Central Library.

For more info on Cultivate Cinema Circle, visit cultivatecinemacircle.com.